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ITV has axed The Jeremy Kyle Show after 14 years following the death of a guest who took part in the programme.
Steve Dymond was found dead on 9 May a week after filming the show, during which he took a lie detector test.
ITV’s chief executive Carolyn McCall said the decision was a result of the “gravity of recent events”.
Following the announcement, a committee of MPs launched an inquiry into whether enough support is offered to guests on TV shows during and after filming.
Programmes like The Jeremy Kyle Show risked “putting people who might be vulnerable on to a public stage at a point in their lives when they are unable to foresee the consequences”, he said.
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The committee will question broadcasting executives and regulators. Love Island, another ITV show, has also come under scrutiny after the deaths of two former contestants.
The Jeremy Kyle Show was the most popular programme in ITV’s daytime schedule, with an average of one million viewers and a 22% audience share.
More than 3,000 episodes have been broadcast since its debut in 2005. Following Mr Dymond’s death, ITV initially took the show off air and suspended filming.
The pre-recorded episode Mr Dymond took part in was based on the subject of infidelity.
A member of the audience who was at the recording told BBC News that Mr Dymond “collapsed to the ground” and was “sobbing” when he failed the lie detector test.
Lie detectors were a regular fixture on the programme, which often featured disputes between partners and family members.
Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has told ITV to report back its initial findings on Mr Dymond’s participation in the programme by Monday.
“While ITV has decided to cancel the programme, its investigation into what happened is continuing and we will review the findings carefully,” an Ofcom spokesperson said.
The watchdog is now examining whether to update its code of conduct to protect people taking part in reality and factual shows.
“We’re examining whether more can be done to safeguard the welfare of those people, similar to the duty of care we have in the broadcasting code to protect under-18s,” the spokesperson said.
The lie detectors used on The Jeremy Kyle show are supplied by a company called UK Lie Tests, which declined to comment to the BBC.
A lie detector test, or polygraph test, involves an examiner using various instruments to measure the subject’s reaction to a series of questions – and determine whether or not they are giving truthful answers.
According to the British Polygraph Association (BPA), two convoluted rubber pneumograph tubes are placed around the subject’s chest and abdomen to record breathing and movement.
Sensors attached to the subject’s fingers or hand monitor changes to skin resistance during the test, while a cardiosphygmograph traces changes to the subject’s blood pressure and pulse.
Various charts are then generated, which the examiner reviews to establish the test results.
The BPA says the tests are “the most reliable technique to test if someone is being deceptive to a specific issue”.
Here is ITV’s statement in the following:
“Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show.
“The Jeremy Kyle Show has had a loyal audience and has been made by a dedicated production team for 14 years, but now is the right time for the show to end.
“Everyone at ITV’s thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond. The previously announced review of the episode of the show is under way and will continue.
“ITV will continue to work with Jeremy Kyle on other projects.”
Damian Collins MP, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, said the broadcaster had made the right decision.
“However, that should not be the end of the matter,” he said. “There needs to be an independent review of the duty of care TV companies have to participants in reality TV shows.”
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